Friday, February 6, 2009

On Set: Know Your Role

Actors are very important people who have a lot of crap to deal with. They’re actors after all, toiling away to save the world one over-budgeted movie at a time.

Enter: Christian Bale, who was trying to film a scene for his new role as Batman ...oh, John Connor in the upcoming Terminator sequel when the director of photography callously decided to adjust the lighting. For this unforgivable move, Bale gave him the verbal thrashing of his life. Remix here.

In the name of all things Hollywood, people need to understand what it takes for an actor (and film people in general) to get their job done. So before you go throwing your weight around on set, you’d be wise to sit here, listen and learn. You don’t want to find yourself on the receiving end of one of these tirades some day.

Orson Welles: Imagine trying to direct the writer and director of Citizen Kane for a commercial about frozen vegetables. Or just listen to this:

Elvis Prestley: IS NOT STRUNG OUT!

And finally, Lily Tomlin, classic actress from movies like 9 to 5 and Big Business, decided to undertake I Heart Huckabees. Maybe angry from that decision alone, we don’t know, Tomlin gave director David O. Russell a piece of her creative mind – something the director of Spanking the Monkey should never have to take.

These people paid the price for interrupting greatness so that we could all learn something. So the next time you think about stepping into the path of someone's creative genius, ask yourself this: Would you walk in on a surgery while the patient lies open on the table?

I didn’t think so.


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